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B.A. in Paralegal Studies

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  • Course description

    PARALEGAL STUDIES/BACHELOR OF ARTS

    Total Credit Hours: 54

    Paralegal students with an interest in criminal law are encouraged to take the substantive and procedural criminal law courses (81-430 and 81-445) as part of their law-related electives.  Paralegal students with an interest in business law are encouraged to take 61-250 Business Law.

    I. Paralegal Core Courses (33)

    A. Required Courses (21)
    90-101 Introduction to Paralegal Studies (3)
    90-201 Fundamentals of Litigation for Paralegals (3)
    90-202 Law Office Management and Computer Use for Paralegals (3)
    90-301 Legal Research, Analysis and Writing for Paralegals (3)
    90-302 Interviewing and Investigation for Paralegals (3)
    90-303 Ethics and Professional Responsibility for Paralegals (3)
    90-401 Paralegal Capstone: Practicum (3)

    B. Paralegal Specialty Electives (12)
    90-310 Torts and Personal Injury Law for Paralegals (3)
    90-312 Basic Contract Law for Paralegals (3)
    90-314 Wills, Trusts and Estates for Paralegals (3)
    90-316 Real Estate and Property Law for Paralegals (3)
    90-318 Family Law for Paralegals (3)

    II. Select two Law-Related Courses: (6)
    18-371 Constitutional Law (3)
    18-372 Civil Liberties (3)
    61-250 Business Law I (3)
    81-260 Juvenile Justice System (3)
    81-430 Elements of Criminal Law (3)
    81-445 Criminal Procedures/Rules of Evidence (3)

    III. Select two courses in the Context and Role of Law in Society: (6)
    18-361 History of Political Thought I (3)
    18-362 History of Political Thought II (3)
    18-363 American Political Thought (3)
    15-310 Philosophy of Law (3)

    IV. Select two additional Program Electives from courses listed below and/or throughout the Paralegal curriculum: (6)
    09-325 United States Since 1941 (3)
    18-321 Comparative Government (3)
    18-331 International Relations (3)
    20-350 Sociology of Criminal Behavior (3)
    20-345 Sociology of Delinquent Behavior (3)
    81-200 Court Systems and Probation (3)

    V.  Paralegal majors must select an American Government course as a General Education course in Social Studies.  Choose one American Government course: (3)
    18-200 American National Government (3)
        or
    18-210 State and Local Government (3)

    VI.  The advanced writing requirement of the General Education curriculum is satisfied by successful completion of 90-301 Legal Research, Analysis and Writing for Paralegals.

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